Rubiales to give opening address at Sports Law at the Crossroads forum

March 29 – Luis Rubiales, President of the Spanish federation (RFEF), will give the opening address at Sports Law at the Crossroads conference in Madrid, May 10-11.

Rubiales was formerly president of Spanish players union AFE, before ebing elected president of the RFEF in 2018.

It is a background that leaves him with a unique perspective on the issues surrounding the recent amendments to FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

Conference speakers also include FIFA’s chief legal officer Emilio Garcia Silvero and former CAS Deputy General Secretary William Sternheimer.

Silvero will participate in a panel led CAS arbitrator and partner at Baer & Karrer law firm Michele Bernasconi that will include a presentation on Just Cause, termination due to outstanding salaries and consequences of termination without just cause. Session topics will also look at the restrictions on the contractual freedom of the parties, execution of monetary decisions, and the new powers that FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber have.

Sternhemier, now a partner at Morgan Sports Law, was formerly the deputy general secretary of CAS, and will bring his unique experience to bear on the issues of the incorporation of esport into the existing international structure of sports governance and sports tribunals.

Early bird tickets for the conference are available priced €295 plus IVA. Full priced tickets from April 15 cost €350 plus IVA.

All delegates have places at the Gala Dinner to be held at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on May 10. The conference will be held at the Madrid Bar Association in Madrid.

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The conference is the 2nd Rex Sport/IWF Forum and follows on from the Tackling Matchfixing forum held in London last year.

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